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Still for sale: No buyers in Follansbee school auction

FOLLANSBEE — The Brooke County Board of Education hosted an auction to sell the former Follansbee Middle School Monday, but there were no takers.

The school, located at 1400 Main St., was built in 1922 and has sat empty since the county consolidated the district’s two middle schools in 2018. At one point the school housed over 500 students in the fifth through eighth grades.

The district auctioned off the items in the school such as lockers and desks in January, but the building itself was not put on the auction block until now.

The lack of bidders was briefly mentioned at the regular school board meeting later in the evening on Monday.

According to the board, Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, who was helping to facilitate the sale was going to look into some “other options” but they could not be more specific.

Board President Ted Pauls said that because the sale had been handled in executive session previously, they would have to continue to discuss it that way.

Interim Superintendent Jeffery Crook said the district would have to do some more research before moving forward.

Board member Stacy Hooper asked that they research and address the cost of maintaining the building while waiting for the next move in the sale.

For more information on the former Follansbee Middle School, interested parties are advised to contact Rob Robinson at (304) 737-3481.

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